PRODUCTIVE GARDEN PLANTS
Understorey plants – currants, berries, rhubarb, globe artichoke, cardoon, New Zealand cranberry ($8)
Plant guilds – Russian comfrey, dwarf comfrey, borage, tansy, valerian, apple geranium ($5)
Groundcovers and Herbs – mints – apple, basil, spearmint, herbs – oregano, thyme, alpine strawberries, pepino, orangeberry, apple geranium, gotu kola, thyme, parsley, sage, chives, Roman chamomile, dill, yarrow, Vietnamese mint, lemongrass, watercress, ($5)
Roots – yacon, kowiniwini maori potatoes, yams ($8) horseradish ($5)
Aliums – egyptian walking tree onion, welsh onions, perennial leeks ($5)
Useful – basket willow ($8), soapwort, wormwood ($5)
Medicinal – feverfew, balm of gilead, evening primrose
Teas – lemon verbena, pineapple sage, lemon balm, orange balm, German chamomile ($5)
Climbers – hops ($5), boysenberries, grapes ($8)
Trees – figs (brunuro black, brown Turkey, French sugar), American and European elderberry ($8), tree lucerne/tagasaste ($3)
Food Forest Starter Plants Box (ideal as a gift) – $60
Choose any 15 plants from the list above (subject to time of year and availability) to make up your food forest starter box
Favourite box is – 2 Russian comfrey, 1 dwarf comfrey, 1 tagasaste, 1 rhubarb, 1 yacon, 1 perennial leek, 2 alpine strawberries, 3 assorted mints, 1 oregano, 1 tansy and 1 borage.
Tagasaste – (nitrogen fixing – ideal for nurse plant for establishing orchards and shelterbelts. Dormancy is broken by rubbing the seeds between sheets of sandpaper and then putting them in hot water for 5 minutes before planting). $5/packet (50 seeds)
A range of seasonable fruit, vegetables from the property are available for people who are staying on site for courses or holiday accommodation, or can pick up from the door.